interesting facts about: history
Sandals represent an open kind of footwear, made up of a undersurface held to the wearer's foot by strip of leather, cloth, or other flexible material, often with a buckle passing over the instep and, sometimes, on the ankle. Commonly, sandals are ideal footwear in warmer climates or during warmer parts of the year. Sandals keep their feet cool and dry. The danger of developing so-called “athlete's foot” is lower than with warm types of shoes, and the wearing of this footwear may be part of the therapy for many infections.
The oldest sandals (and the oldest known footwear) were found in Fort Rock Cave, Oregon, USA. They were used by local Indians. Radiocarbon dating of the ancient sagebrush bark from which they were made showed an age of more than 10,000 years!
The fact: word sandal arose from the ancient Greek word “sandalon”. The ancient Greeks had seen the difference between “baxeae” (sandals made of willow leaves, branches or fibers worn by comic actors and philosophers) and the “cothurnus” (sandals that cover the middle of the leg, and was worn for the most part by tragic actors, hunters, horsemen and nobility).
The Egyptians wore another type of sandals made of papyrus or palm-leaves. They can be observed today on the feet of many ancient statues. According to the “father of history” Herodotus, sandals of papyrus represented a significant part of the required and characteristic clothes of the priests.
Since the difference between sandals and other kinds of footwear can often be unclear. So was in the case of “huaraches”, the woven leather type of… sandals of Mexican Indians, and so-called “peep-toe pumps”. The prevalent understanding is that a sandal leaves exposed most of the upper part of the foot, especially the toes. People choose to wear sandals for many reasons. Among them we can name economy (production of this footwear requires less material than shoes), the most comfortable in warm climate, and as a fashion explanations.